Erie County Sheriff officials discovered two badly decomposed, unidentifiable bodies Saturday afternoon inside a Beachwood Villas townhouse.
“We do understand, from speaking with the neighbors, that there were two individuals living here, and maybe (the dead bodies) are those two individuals,” Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.
When asked if foul play’s at work, Sigsworth said, “We can’t rule anything out at this point.”
No weapons were initially found during a preliminary search. Fresh blood wasn’t located around the bodies.
As of late Saturday, many details — including who the two dead people are — remain unknown.
But here’s what’s been confirmed:
Officials first learned about the suspicious deaths from a postal worker.
“We got a call this afternoon, around 4:30 p.m., from the condo association at Beachwood Villas that the mail carrier contacted them, and the mail was accumulating in the mailbox,” Sigsworth said. “Deputies were dispatched to conduct a welfare check on the residents. Deputies did not find any indications of a forced entry into the home that could be an indication of a burglary."
Around 6 p.m., deputies set up a perimeter with yellow tape around the home at 1512 Cleveland Road E. unit No. 2. At about 7 p.m., a Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s member joined in to search the scene.
As the investigation began, deputies feverishly polled neighbors, asking them if they knew anything about the two people inside the home.
Sigsworth said one of the two bodies appears to be an older woman who lived at this home.
“I am shocked,” Beachwood Villas resident Lori Gray said. Gray lives about three townhouses away from the scene. “It’s very peaceful and very quiet around here.”
Local officials plan on further investigating this matter in the coming days.
“We need to make positive identification of the individuals inside and then determine how they came to their demise and determine exactly what had occurred here," Sigsworth said.